Sunday, February 26, 2012

Where to begin?

It has been almost three weeks since I last posted. HOLY. GRAD SCHOOL. SMACKDOWN.

In short, on top of my usually crazy class/ homework/ scene rehearsal-load, I'm also in a show that opens in three weeks! I've been pulling a lot of 13 hour days at school, plus my 2 hour-round trip commute, plus any attempts at working out, and HOMEWORK. 

I miss you all terribly. 

Please accept this photo recap of the past three weeks- I have so much more to fill you in on!

Our days are long, and our breaks are few and far between. They usually involve shoveling snacks into our faces while running to the bathroom and simultaneously filling up a water bottle. You'd be impressed at what I can get done on a 5.

A quick bite to eat before seeing a pretty terrific production of Look Back In Anger at the Roundabout! LOVE me some free tickets, thanks to a professor!

School cafeteria food when I forget (or run out of time) to pack a lunch!

Packed dinner while running lines- eating any other food out of a Talenti jar is just... disappointing. 

This orange peel is in ONE PIECE- my cast-mate Django taught me that. Impressive, eh?

You know things are getting crazy when I bust out the sumo-turd-hair-pile.

My scene partner, Patrick, and I, working hard at a rehearsal for Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke. We're Grad students. Take. Us. Seriously.

In the audience at the college's play reading series!

 Tofu and blackbean scramble.

 Egg-less and flour-less pancakes with peanutbutter, bananas and honey!

 Alma Winemiller (me!) and John Buchanan (Patrick) getting ready to present our scene from Summer and Smoke. 

 The weather here in Brooklyn has been ALL OVER, but cold or warm, my hood is gorg.

 I live in Little Russia- this is how I blend...

 Ducks, pigeons, gulls and swans living in harmony.

 Completely un-retouched. How crazy does that water look??

 Tea at my nabe's coziest little Turkish cafe- Masal.

 If Joe's really good, I usually let him eat a sugar cube or two.

OH HAI BAKLAVA. YES, I'LL EAT ALL THREE OF YOU. I thought you'd never ask.

Green tea and line-learning- I've got a monologue that spans about six pages in the beginning of this show- holy moly!

 I 'splurged' on a $12 pedi and did my homework while sitting in the chair. My technician kindly offered me a People magazine, but homegirl's gotta multitask!

I picked up a super cute bikini at Target while running errands for school! On sale! Wahoo!

Rocking my scarf babushka-style on my way to assist at this AM's auditions.

Despite the past three week's craziness, my workouts haven't been terrible... I haven't been logging them or keeping track in any quantitative way, but I've had some great incline runs (Tough Mudder doesn't care if you're busy) and some killer strength workouts.

I'm proud I've been squeezing in some fitness- it keeps me sane. This may or may not have something to do with the fact that my pants come off 1/2 way during my show and don't come back on. More on that later.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Back to the Grind and a New Training Plan!

Sunday afternoon I hopped on a train and headed back down the Hudson. 

There are some landscapes that are ingrained into your fibers and very much a part of you. 

I feel that way about the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers. Just thinking about them makes me feel at home!

It's back to the grind, nutritionally, for this girl. As you saw in my vacation recaps, we at DECADENTLY! I don't take any of it back, but man, it threw me for a loop!

Protein oats with PB fit the bill nicely. 

Before Christmas, I picked up this bag of Pumpkin Spice Fall In Love Coffee- it caught my eye because I noticed that they donate a portion of the proceeds to improving the lives of their farmers. Fair trade and practices that benefit coffee growers are VERY, VERY important to me. I'm happy to report that buying this coffee satisfies both your conscience AND your taste buds! :)

In other news, I received some RoC Retinol samples as a Klout perk- I started using it last night- I'll let you know my thoughts once I've worked my way through the two tubes they sent me!


I eased my way back into training with a 3 mile run yesterday, with the incline on 3. I'll be doing A LOT of incline work, as Tough Mudder VT is on... a mountain... Tonight will be a 4 mile run with 3 incline and some upper body work. 

I have a strange aversion to swimming for fitness. It's REALLY bizzare. I'm a fish- you cannot keep me out of the water, but something about doing laps back and forth sounds so horrifically boring to me. There's some swimming in the TM, though, so I'm assigning myself AT LEAST one swim this week. 

And now- off to school! Today is my "day off", but I'll be on campus from 11-9. The agenda looks something like this: 

-Individual meeting with program head
-Lunch meeting with classmate
-Graduate Theatre Organization Meeting
-Meeting with the director of my upcoming show
-Rehearsal with scene partner
-Rehearsal for a directing student's scene that I'm working in

Does anyone else's "days OFF" look like this? Jeez Louise.

Monday, February 6, 2012

My Weekend at Home and the Sparkly Soul Giveaway Winner!

My weekend looked a lot like this...

Thanks to this kid. 

That would be my baby sister, Courtney. She competed for the title of Miss Fulton County this weekend, so I came home to support her (and be her hair/ makeup slave, natch). 

The weekend was made doubly special by the fact that my middle sister, Kieren, was the outgoing Miss Fulton County 2011, and was celebrating the end of her 7 year run in the Miss America Organization. 

2010 was my last pageant year, officially making me an old, retired person. 

We all were up with the sun on Saturday to get Courtney ready for her interview. This was always my favorite part of competing- in a ten minute private interview, you have the opportunity to introduce yourself to the judges, field their questions and talk about your platform issue- which was truly my raison d'etre in pageant-land. I'm an arts-in-education advocate, and I loved utilizing my titles to help facilitate dialogue about education reform. Kieren focused on helping to bridge the information and support gaps for at-risk students who want to go to college. Courtney is advocating for awareness and activism against teen dating violence. I. Am. Proud.

Momma slapped the car magnets (used in parades) onto Kieren's car for one last spin!

I got to work on hair/ makeup.

 Ready for interview! (her- not me- obvs)

And off Kieren and Courtney went!


Courtney returned to find the apartment crown-i-fied. 

And momma got to work on some oreo brownies for the bake sale. Holy moly.

We spent the afternoon relaxing, and before we knew it, it was showtime!

All of the girls looked beautiful in the opening number! Courtney sparkled in an adorable sequined cocktail dress that may go missing from her closet the next time I'm home. 

Kieren joined the girls and began her last evening as Miss Fulton County 2011!

 She talked with the emcees about her year and her journey in the Miss America system.

Onstage question was next! Courtney was asked if she thought that drug-testing should be mandatory in high schools. She very eloquently asserted that she felt drug-testing should be mandatory for students who seek out leadership roles and represent the school, like athletes, but that it should not be mandatory for all students.

Kieren came back to the stage to perform the talent piece that she performed at Miss NY this past summer. Our family grew up Irish step dancing (this was also my talent when I competed).

And then- SWIMSUIT. Courtney killed it. 

Followed by talent! Courtney began bellydancing years ago to mix up her dance training.

Her talent presentation was stunning!

Last but certainly not least- EVENING GOWN!

Courtney was absolutely stunning in her purple-chiffon evening gown!

Poised, elegant and graceful.

As the scores were tabulated, it was Kieren's turn to say good-bye. 

I gush over my sisters a lot, but sometimes I can't find the words to accurately express how honored I am to be related to such talented, passionate, hardworking and persevering women. 

My honorary brother-in-law, Shawn (they've been dating for like a trillion years- we grew up with him around- it counts) made this AWESOME video documenting the ladies' preparation for the pageant. 

And then- awards!

 Courtney tied with Jessica for Congeniality, carrying on the Sheridan tradition. Kieren has won congeniality in EVERY pageant she's ever competed in except one. True story. We're a congenial bunch. 

Courtney was named as the 1st Runner Up and won a $2000 scholarship! I could not be more proud!

My friend, Colleen, took the title. I've known this girl for a lonnnnnnngggg time, and she's grown so much since I first met her. She'll be a wonderful Miss Fulton County!

My awesome friends joined me at the pageant! Extra crowd support is always a good thing.  :)

And yes- Jarred is making fun of my pageant pose. Hater. 

Courtney was greeted by her supporters! Our Aunt and Uncle are two of our biggest fans!

I caught up with some pageant pals! :)

My dad and step mom congratulated Courtney. I tried to crop my dad's arm out of this picture because he's executing a ridiculous pose, but it didn't work. Photoshopping won't make your parents normal. Checkmate, Dad. 

I'm not sure if Courtney's boyfriend's matching was intentional or not...

Sisters!!!!!!!!!!! Kieren, Courtney and I were re-united with our sistas from another missus! We met these girlies and their awesome mom through pageants and have been tight for years. Love these kiddos.

We get crazy sometimes. 

The lady behind the Sheridan sisters- my momma! Most of our shenanigans wouldn't be possible without her. At least- most of the worthwhile ones. 

This is why we're always smiling in pictures...

Welcome to the retired pageant girls club, Kinzie!

A former pageant director made this dinosaur for Kieren. AMAZING. 

The TRUE RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR HAS SPOKEN. And now... the winner of the Sparkly Soul Giveaway


Congratulations, Ann! Email me your shipping info and the colors you'd like (one wide, one thin)!

Thank you x 1,000,000 to everyone that entered! For the month of February, Sparkly Soul is offering readers a 15% discount! Use the code: FITFLUENTIAL at checkout! 

More fun giveaways are on the horizon- stay tuned! :)